Cooking during a kitchen remodel has definitely been a challenge!! The stove is out in the garage and the kitchen is full of three guys wielding power tools. My cooking space is one crockpot on a tv tray in the front hallway adjoining the dining room and a second crockpot on the little chest in the dining room. The dining room is stuffed with boxes full of cabinet contents. They were orderly when the project started four days ago. Operative word – “were”. The motto is: “Keep calm and cook on.” Because that keeps the crew fueled and those new cabinets going up!
One crockpot today contained our lunch. Left over soup – begin with a packaged vegetable soup mix and throw in what is left of yesterday’s crockpot roast and just about everything else found in little containers in the fridge. The second crockpot bubbled with a new- to- me recipe for our dinner. I improvised a little by using dried onion flakes instead of sautéing a fresh onion and used minced garlic from a jar. I also mixed them into the cream of chicken soup and cream cheese right in the crock pot on top of the chicken using shallow strokes of my mixing spoon. This was supposed to be creamy Italian chicken – but I put in a package of ranch by mistake. I couldn’t get to my spices to kick up the ranch flavors so I just went ahead and added the Italian dressing too. I would make it the same way again because it made a very good and flavorful chicken and gravy dish served over brown rice.
- 3 pounds chicken
- 1 package Italian Salad Dressing Mix (2/3 ounce)
- 1 package Ranch Dressing Mix
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- ¼ cup water
- 1 small onion, chopped
- additional 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 clove garlic, chopped
- 1 can cream of chicken soup (10 ½ ounces)
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- Place chicken in crock pot, pour melted butter over chicken.
- Sprinkle Italian and ranch dressing over chicken, including between pieces.
- Pour water evenly over chicken and dressing mixes.
- Cook on low for 4-6 hours.
- Saute onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter.
- Add cream of chicken soup, cream cheese and stir until smooth.
- Pour over chicken and cook on low for an additional hour.
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